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Advanced Course Offerings

Learn about TC's courses geared toward bringing out the best in our students.  Advanced Placement, Dual Enrollment, and Honors courses prepare students for college and university success.
Honors courses are offered in all core curricular areas. Freshmen are placed in honors courses based on their HSPT Scores. Specific score ranges are indicators of skill levels which are predictors of success at the Honors level. Students qualify for placement in Honors courses for Sophomore through Senior year based on published pre-requisites. Students at all levels can meet the pre-requisites for placement in Honors courses. 

Advanced Placement (AP) courses are the highest level high school courses offered in the United States. The curriculum is approved by the College Board. College and university admission teams view AP courses as strong indicators of a student’s success in college. Studies also show that students enrolled in AP courses have higher college graduation rates than students without AP. Students receive high school credits toward high school graduation requirements.

Tampa Catholic offers Advanced Placement courses beginning in the sophomore year. We encourage our students to enroll in courses that will challenge them academically and AP courses serve this role for our honors students. There is no limit to the number of AP classes a student may take in a given semester however students must meet the pre-requisites for each course as detailed in the Course Catalog.

Each May students completing AP courses take national, cumulative, rigorous, standard exams written by the College Board. Colleges and Universities award college credit, at their discretion, based on the student’s score on the exam.

We are pleased to offer a large number of Advanced Placement courses. Due to the rigor of the curriculum and the speed with which the material is covered, students must meet the pre-requisites for each course as detailed in the current year’s Course Catalog.

College Board and State of Florida Information

Students take Dual Enrollment (DE) courses at Tampa Catholic as part of their regular daily schedule. In doing so, the student is “dual enrolled” at TC and Hillsborough Community College. Upon successful completion of the course, students earn high school credits toward high school graduation requirements and at the same time earn college credit toward a degree in the State of Florida University system.

Dual Enrollment courses are college level courses sanctioned by the State of Florida and the State University system. Tampa Catholic’s DE courses are administered by Hillsborough Community College. (HCC) The instructors must have a Master’s Degree in their field of study and be approved by HCC as adjunct professors. The course content and syllabus must also be approved by HCC.

Credit earned is guaranteed to be transferable to any institution in the Florida University system. In addition private and out-of-state colleges will often accept dual enrollment courses as transfer credits. Past TC students have graduated high school with enough transferable credits to significantly and positively impact their college careers.


Students who are interested in enrolling for the Dual Enrollment courses must take the PERT qualifying test at HCC. What is the procedure for taking the test (PERT)?

PERT Sign Up Instructions (80.19 KB)

Pre-Arranged Absentee Approval (PERT) (263.46 KB)

HCC Dual Enrollment Course Equivalency List

Students must also meet the criteria established by Florida State Statute:

  • Have and maintain an un-weighted cumulative GPA minimum of 3.0
  • Obtain a passing score on the PERT, SAT or ACT tests as follows:

Postsecondary Education Readiness Test (PERT)

  • Reading: 106
  • Writing: 103
  • Math: 114

Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) Subscores

  • Critical Reading: 24.0
  • Math: 24.0


  • English: 17
  • Reading: 19
  • Math: 19


We are pleased to offer these courses in conjunction with the Hillsborough Community College. In order to enroll in these classes students must meet the pre-requisites established by HCC and found in the current year’s Tampa Catholic Course Catalog.

TC offers a wealth of academic elective opportunities to create a rigorous and balanced academic experience. See our course catalog for classes that are accepted for Bright Futures , NCAA, and the Florida State University System.